The 7 Best Things to do on Maui
Maui is one of my favorite places I have ever been and I have spent hours researching and planning the best things to do there and so I wanted to share the culmination of that research with you. This will make your next trip to Maui a breeze to plan. Just add in a few beaches (I like Baldwin and Makena) and you’re all set! I like to stay in Kihei because its pretty central and there are lots of great restaurants.
1. Drive the Road to Hana
This might seem like an obvious one but the first time I went to Maui, people had told me it wasn’t worth doing so we skipped it and I really regretted that decision. I have done it twice now and it is 100% worth doing. I am planning a future post with all my favorite stops.
2. Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm
Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm is beautiful! It’s pretty high up so you get a fantastic view of Maui and it smells amazing. They have so many different kinds of lavender and all kinds of lavender goods to purchase too.
3. Ocean Vodka Organic Farm and Distillery
I love this place. It’s a vodka and rum distillery that makes their alcohol from organic sugarcane which is grown right there. You can walk through the farm and take a tour of the distillery which includes a sample of their vodka and rum. It costs $12 to do the tour and when you get there you get to try some sugarcane. Spoiler alert, it’s not that good, you just chew on it and then spit it out because its too fibrous to actually eat. You can book this tour online or give them a call to schedule. We called the day that we wanted to go and they had openings for us. There is also a goat dairy farm next door that I have not been to. The Ocean Vodka gift shop had chocolates made from their goats milk and they looked really good so if you’re into that kind of stuff you should check it out, it’s called Surfing Goat Dairy.
4. Ioa Valley State Park
This place is so beautiful! It was super misty when we went but I think that’s normal. There’s a parking lot and a paved pedestrian path that will take you straight up to see the needle and other lookouts. There are longer hikes you can do as well but we stuck with the paved path. The view of Maui from up here is really amazing!!
5. O’o Farm
This is my favorite place on Maui! It’s a working farm that grows produce for Pacific’O restaurant. They have a couple different tour options but I’ve only done the luncheon tour where you take a tour and then pick salad ingredients before sitting down to lunch. The chef on site prepares an incredible 4 course meal for everyone. There is fresh baked bread, the salad that you picked and then a fish course, chicken course and vegan course. All the courses are prepared in a wood fired oven and consist of the protein plus vegetables from the farm. It all tastes incredible! I’ve been twice and the courses were slightly different both times. After lunch they bring you dessert of coffee (made from their coffee beans) and chocolates. Their coffee is amazing and we always buy a bunch of bags of beans to take home! It’s a pricey lunch at $60 per person plus a tip but it’s family style so you get to eat as much as you want. The lavender farm I mentioned above is really close so you can head there after to try and walk off the food baby.
6. Haleakala National Park
Unfortunately when we came here the weather was bad so there was no visibility, we were basically just inside clouds. The drive up was beautiful though and I definitely recommend going. They have a sunrise hike (which you need a permit for) but that’s probably the best time to go and definitely what I would do next time. Here is a link with permit instructions for the sunrise hike.
7. Waihou Spring Forest Reserve
My husband is obsessed with two things: birds and trees. This place had both so he was in heaven. But really, it’s super cool and once you walk inside you don’t feel like you’re in Maui at all. The air is cold and crisp and it’s quiet inside the forest. We went right after Haleakala because it was on the way back for us. Plus, it meets my standards of a good hike: a short walk, somewhere pretty and not strenuous enough to break a sweat.
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